Ewing Young: The Southwest’s Premier Mountain Man

Cowboy horizon

Excerpt from Arizona Adventure by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. By and large, the history of the fur trade in the Southwest regions has been left out of the mainstream of American history. Trappers like Walker, Bridger, Fitzpatrick and especially Carson have become American legends and folk heroes, their fame coming primarily from exploits in the northern … [Read more...]

Mule Train Meatballs Recipe


Periodically, we’re bringing you a scrumptious and “doable” recipe with a southwestern flare. This one was originally published in Clay Thompson’s Enormously Big Official Valley 101 Cookbook. Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? We just might feature that too. Submit to info@arizonaoddities.com. Mule Train Meatballs Recipe 1 1/2 lbs. Ground Beef 1/2 cup … [Read more...]

Arizona History Trivia 3: Can You Pass?

Arizona State Map

Test your knowledge of Arizona's history with this quick quiz, originally published in Marshall Trimble’s Official Arizona Trivia. Don’t scroll down too quickly. The answers are posted shortly below the questions. When you’re finished, leave a comment with your score. Good luck! What Arizona community took its name from a mining magnate and state senator who built it for … [Read more...]

Featured Artist: Claudia Torres

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Once a month, Arizona Oddities features a Q&A with a talented Arizona artist who is influenced by our state’s people, places and history. This month, budding photographer Claudia Torres explains how living in Tucson has shaped her portfolio. Featured Artist: Claudia  Libieth Torres Medium: Photography Website: http://claudialibieth.wordpress.com/ and … [Read more...]

Why Do Rabbits Have White Tails?

Desert Cottontail Rabbit

Excerpt from Valley 101: The Great Big Book of Life, a collection of Clay Thompson’s columns for The Arizona Republic. (Originally published September 19, 2002.) Q: Why do rabbits have white tails? They really blend into the background until they run and then you see their white tails like a target. A: There is a school of thought that holds that the cottontail’s … [Read more...]